Joe Cole To Make A Welcome Return?

After a three week spell out following a foot injury sustained against Aston Villa, tonight’s game should see a return for Joe Cole. Cole has been back in training for the past few days and with his fitness slowly improving, a place on the bench could be on the cards for him against Hull.

Cole has scored two goals in only six league starts for Chelsea so far and never more was his absence from the side apparent than in our uninspired display against a particularly defensive Liverpool side at the weekend.

On Cole’s recent spell out and the effect of his absence, Ray Wilkins says “You always miss players with the talent of Joe. Always. He’s extremely talented. He can play left side, he can play right side and he can play through the middle, so he gives us plenty of options.  Any side that misses a player of the calibre of Joe will have a slight struggle.”

Both Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda had poor games against Liverpool, which saw the two of them substituted. However, with no Joe Cole available in their place, Chelsea lacked that little spark to break down the boring, if efficient Liverpool bus.

So, it’s little wonder Ray Wilkins is singing the midfielder’s praises and welcoming the idea of his return with open arms, saying “We’ve worked extremely hard to try to block the gap up, but Joe gives us something very, very special and it’s nice to have him back.”

No pressure then Joe. 🙂

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